NVHC is a member institution of Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE). VOICE is a multi-faith, non-partisan citizens’ organization which acts on issues that affect the most vulnerable families and communities in Northern Virginia. An important part of our Social Action mission, VOICE aims to close equality gaps and hold public officials and other policy-makers accountable to the populations they serve. Through community organizing, VOICE has helped us to consolidate our power with other faith based organizations and affect real social change in Fairfax County and beyond. More information on VOICE can be found on their website.
NVHC was well represented at the October 21, 2018 action with over 65 congregants joining 1,400 other VOICE members from 55 + institutions throughout Northern Virginia. Governor Northam and Attorney General Herring committed to working with VOICE to reform the Virginia cash bail system, decrease mass incarceration, and prioritize funding for mental health in schools, among other issues.
NVHC congregants were also involved with the non-partisan Get Out The Vote (GOTV) effort last year and for this year’s 2018 midterm elections. These GOTV efforts are important to increase voter turn out in typically low turn out precincts in Fairfax, Loudon and Prince William Counties.
In addition, NVHC has been at the forefront of VOICE’s efforts to partner with Fairfax County Public Schools to create a school environment that is more inclusive of non-Christian students. In fact, NVHC and VOICE’s work on this issue was highlighted in the Washington Post. You can check out the Washington Post article: NVHC in the News: Washington Post Article.
Also be sure to check out this article on the NVHC blog which shares more about the VOICE/FCPS partnership and how you can get involved.
Learn more about VOICE’s recent victories: VOICE 2018 Victories and VOICE 2017 Victories
Want to learn more about how VOICE works: Why Organize?